Alcohol research in Latin America: Is the cup half full or half empty?

R. Caetano

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Latin America is composed of 26 countries and other political units, which although at different stages of development are all part of the so called 'third world'. In spite of governmental effort, rates of social and medical ills such as poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, malnutrition, gastrointestinal diseases and malaria are high. Continuous migration from rural areas to the cities has created an urban underclass that lives in extreme poverty, increasing marginality and crime. In 1985 about 38% of the population was under 15 years of age. Many of these children are out of school or have never been to one, and roam the streets of the large cities, constituting a population at high risk for the development of alcohol and drug problems. Large external debts to creditors in the industrialized world have made it even more difficult for Latin American countries to try and solve these problems. Discussions of alcohol research conducted in Latin American countries have to take these 'realities' into consideration for they too have policy implications. With this perspective in mind I think that the glass is more than half full.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-239
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Journal of Addiction
Volume84
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1989

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Alcohol research in Latin America : Is the cup half full or half empty? / Caetano, R.

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